Course Details

This is Ireland’s only BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology. Graduates of this innovative programme will be uniquely balanced across two areas – information technology, and the arts and humanities – having studied modules in computer science, digital humanities and an arts subject.

You will develop practical skills to flourish in the digital age and explore the impact of digital technology on culture, power and identity in society.

You will seek to discover what is it to be human in the digital age, and the answers will help to shape how we see ourselves and others as humanity becomes more connected by technology.

You will be introduced to a dynamic and developing field. The BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will lay the foundations for employment in a range of areas or for further research, using digital tools to address the significant questions of the arts and humanities.


A diverse and experienced team will teach you about major issues and debates in digital humanities and computer science.

You will develop critical, analytical, research and problem-solving skills that are valuable for a wide range of future careers. You will also develop an understanding of electronic computation and the skills to use digital tools, computing technologies and programming languages. You will learn to curate, develop and deliver digital media applications and to devise, implement and update digital learning plans. You will also develop critical, analytical, research and problem-solving skills that are valuable for a wide range of future careers.

The course includes modules in information technology and digital humanities, along with an arts module, and the opportunity to study abroad or partake in a work placement. 

Year 1 Modules:

60 credits (core: 45 credits; Electives: 15 credits)


  • CS1201 Introduction to Computer Systems (15 credits);
  • CS1202 Programming for Digital Humanities I (5 credits);
  • CS1203 Programming for Digital Humanities II (5 credits);
  • CS1204 Databases for Digital Humanities (5 credits)
  • DH1001 Introduction to the Digital Humanities (5 credits);
  • DH1002 Digital Tools & Methodologies I (5 credits);
  • DH1003 Introduction to Student Learning in the Digital Age (5 credits)

Electives (15 credits) (one from)

Archaeology; Béaloideas; Celtic Civilisation; Chinese Studies; Economics; English; Geography; German; Greek; Spanish; Italian; Latin; Philosophy; Politics; Religions and Global Diversity; Sociology.

Year 2 Modules:

60 credits (Core: 40 credits; Electives: 10 credits of Digital Humanities plus 10 Credits of Arts subject continued from Year 1)

Core (40 credits)

  • CS2211 Web Systems I (5 credits)
  • CS2212 Web Systems II (5 credits)
  • CS2213 Data Analytics for Digital Humanities I (5 credits)
  • CS2215 Data Analytics for Digital Humanities II (5 credits)
  • CS2214 Multimedia I (5 credits)
  • CS2517 Multimedia II (5 credits)

Digital Humanities:

  • DH2001 Concepts and Collaboration in Digital Humanities II (5 credits)


  • DH2002 Digital Tools & Methodologies II (5 credits)

Electives (20 credits)

Arts subject continued from Year I (10 credits)


Electives (10 credits)

two of:

  • DH2005 Research, Analysis and Knowledge Creation in the Digital Age (5 credits);
  • DH2006 Curation and Dissemination in the Digital Age (5 credits);
  • DH2007 Computer-assisted Text Analysis for the Arts and Humanities (5 credits) or
  • DH2008 Electronic Literature/Literary Games (5 credits)

Year 3 Modules:

Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, a year of study abroad or continue directly into their final year.

Option 1:  Work Placement + final year.

Option 2: International Pathway + final year.  If you choose the International Pathway you will spend Year 3 at an approved foreign university, where you will study approved courses/modules to the equivalent value of 60 credits.

Option 3:  Complete your final year.

Final Year Modules:

60 credits (Core: 50 credits)

  • CS3051 Digital Content Management (5 credits)
  • CS4413 Future and Emerging Technologies (5 credits)
  • CS4624 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits)
  • CS4625 Audio and Sound Engineering (5 credits)
  • DH4001 Digital Arts and Humanities Research Colloquium (5 credits)
  • DH4002 Research Methods (5 credits)


  • DH4003 Research Project (20 credits)

Electives (10 credits)

Arts subject continued from Years 1 and 2.

See the College Calendar for further information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further details on modules.

Course Practicalities

Lectures: In addition to lectures, there will be face-to-face tutorials to support the other course material accessed in the student’s own time.

Lab/practical: Intensive onsite workshops will also be used, as well as laboratory sessions to reinforce and provide effective direct instruction in digital skills.

Online learning: The course will involve some group and online learning. Together, the students and teachers on the BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will create an engaged learning community in person and online.

Why Choose This Course

If you are interested in applying digital technologies to Humanities and Arts, be it education, language, literature, performing arts, philosophy or law, this course can offer you exciting possibilities. The aim of this programme is:

  1. to equip students with a thorough understanding of the technologies and principles of information technology and digital media;
  2. to provide access to a range of topics in humanities and in the arts that provide the creative platform to modernise our perception of our rapidly changing world.

 You will choose this course if:

  • you want to develop a thorough understanding of the technologies and principles of information technology and digital media.
  • you want to learn how to inspire, inform and entertain an audience using Information Technology and digital media
  • you would like to develop your creative and technical skills through the use of a range of existing and emerging technologies.

This course is the only BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology in Ireland.

It is a creative, progressive initiative introduced by University College Cork. 

This course is provided by a diverse team experienced in teaching, research and development in computer science, digital arts and humanities. This experience has been demonstrated locally and nationally and will be delivered to you using a range of blended and engaging learning tools to foster student-centred, research-based learning. 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The programme includes an opportunity for a one-year work placement.

The work placement option enables students to experience first-hand how their degrees equip them for work, allowing them to refine their skills further in a practical work context, and helping them to acquire further relevant skills in the workplace.

Skills and Careers Information

Your BA degree can be a foundation for further study, which will provide career-specific training in digitally-informed fields. UCC offers an MRes in Digital Arts & Humanities expanding and refining the skills and concepts developed during the BA programme. This one-year programme is designed with professional career requirements in mind, where practical training is combined with academic learning. The department also offers an exciting four-year PhD programme.  Our BA also provides a foundation for progression to a wide range of digital and IT related masters programmes in Ireland and Europe.

Areas of employment for graduates:

●        Information Technology;

●        Education;

●        Web / digital content creation and management;

●        Data curation and visualisation;

●        Heritage and the ‘experience cultural economy’;

●        Digital product design and support;

Graduates of this programme may also pursue careers as:

●        Web designers

●        Information Developers / Designers

●        Data Journalists

●        Mobile Developers

●        UI/UX Developers

●        Technical Writers

●        Software Engineers

●        Digital Publishers

●        Digital Curation Service Managers

●        Curation Tools and Services Developers

●        Digital Heritage Officers

●        Research Archive / Data Managers

●        Metadata Managers

●        Digital Resources Specialists and Multimedia Systems Developers


Leaving Cert entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

EnglishIrishOther Language

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam.  Approximately six places are available to mature applicants on this course.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €250.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the curr